gamers (95%) found this review helpful
From the get go, Fallout 3 is about as in-depth as one can get. Your character creation can easily take up half an hour of your time. From there, you work your way through childhood and eventually leave the vault and begin exploration of a post-apocalyptic Washington D.C.
The main quest is interesting enough, but there are enough side quests to push the time required to finish this game well over 50 hours. As you level up, you are allotted skill points and perks. Skill points allow you to improve your computer hacking, lock picking, barter, and small guns skills, just to name a few. Perks are added bonuses offered based on level and pre-determined requisites. They really help!
Each piece of armor found and gun seen changes the appearance of your character. There are a lot of different types of both weapons and armor. In fact, you can build your own weapons based upon schematics found/bought within the world. Things like the Rock-It launcher really add a new twist on the weapon based FPS... it allows you to put ANYTHING in it as ammo, be it teddy bears, limbs, or glass bottles. Very, very awesome.
Graphically, the game looks beautiful. As mentioned by others, there are a few hiccups, but if you enjoyed Oblivion, you'll be fine. Audio wise, it is really unique. A mix of 30's and 40's tracks ("Ink Spots" in the trailer), orchestrated audio, and plain old silence really add to the unique feel this game puts out.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for an RPG in the vein of Oblivion, Mass Effect, and KOTOR. It's a great game and really allows you to play to your creative beat. Fallout may not be the most perfect title ever released, but I'll be playing it non-stop for the next few months. It's that good.
gamers (97%) found this review helpful
Fallout 3 is one of the best games I have been lucky enough to play. the story is loose in the way that you change how it goes by what you do but it is still solid. My favorite part of the game is the overall experience, the graphics are solid but if you have a Xbox 360 get it on that because it is more polished, the V.A.T.S. targeting system is one of the best ideas that I've seen in a game and it is a lot of fun seeing a super mutant's head getting blasted off. the things I did not like were that you can only carry a certain weight or you become weighed down and you cant run or jump to landmarks, but this is also kind of nice because it feels more real. the one big thing I don't like is how dark and scary it is, I am a big horror movie fan and this gave me nightmares. but if you want to get freaked out and have an incredible time in the process this is the game for you.
posted by bigwill55 (GRANITE FALLS, WA) Dec 10, 2009
Member since Dec 2009
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Fallout 3 started off a bit slow. I can imagine that some people would go impatient. However, when this game takes off (and you'll know when it takes off), it will be difficult to put the controller down.
The first thing I noticed in this game (and it is the thing I love the most) is that travel is not restricted and there is a lot of land to travel. It's a huge, open world that can be explored at any point in time. Although some areas should not be visited until you've leveled up a few times, I still love the fact that you aren't prevented from being there in a the first place, like a lot of RPG's force you to do.
The beauty of Fallout 3 is it's combination of FPS and RPG action. You can literally do just about anything and your choices gauge some of your abilities throughout the game. for example, if I were to continuously steal things and shoot innocent people (trust me, it can be fun), it's probably not going to be possible for me to team up with the medical squad.
The fact of the matter is that Fallout 3 gives you so many opportunities. There are hundreds of quests and many of them are derived from outside of the main quest. This is very easily one of the greatest games I have ever played.